Ex-WWJ reporter Vickie Thomas to join Detroit Mayor Duggan’s office
Retired WWJ-AM (950) AM reporter Vickie Thomas said she will work for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.
After spending more than 30 years on the news network, the longtime award-winning reporter announced her retirement on April 16. She said her last day at the station was Thursday.
“I am pleased to announce that I will join Mayor Mike Duggan’s administration as the mayor’s assistant to the executive board and as the city’s new communications director,” said Thomas on the air. “It’s really a role I’m looking forward to.”
She is scheduled to start her new job next month.
Thomas on-air staff praised them.
“From the first day I walked into WWJ years ago, I heard your infectious laugh,” said WWJ lunchtime anchor Jackie Paige. “And the smile that would soon greet me was just as contagious.”
“I learned pretty quickly, as good-hearted as Vicki Thomas is, she’s the toughest reporter the city of Detroit has ever seen. It’s been an honor to work with you, Vickie. Good luck to you on your new journey.” “
“Boy, what a day here on News Radio 950,” said Tom Jordan, co-anchor in the morning. “We’re celebrating one of us who says goodbye today.”
Jordan called Thomas “a strong, powerful, professional woman who keeps up with the latest on the city news.”
Thomas, who covered the city beat for the station, joined the WWJ in 1991.
Throughout her career, she has received awards from groups such as the Detroit Press Foundation, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, the Michigan Associated Press, and the National Association of Black Journalists, according to the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame, which she was inducted into in 2019.
Thomas is a past president of the Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, where she served as vice president of a scholarship and internship program for students interested in radio news.
She was also a member of the NABJ National Board and was instrumental in bringing the group’s 2018 annual convention and career fair to Detroit for the first time since 1992, the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame reported.
In 2020 Thomas received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.